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BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

May 1, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ New population estimates show California’s births fell by 18,000 last year, contributing to the lowest growth rate in the state since records started being kept in 1900. State officials said Wednesday the population stood at 39.9 million as of Jan. 1. By Adam Beam. SENT: 354 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2:30 p.m.




LOS ANGELES _ When the FBI arrested an Army veteran for plotting to bomb a white supremacist rally in a public park in Southern California, it was the work of a so-called confidential human source that helped snare him. Over the course of six weeks, according to court documents, the informant coaxed, cajoled and counseled Mark Domingo, steering him away from impulsive gun attacks, offering him opportunities to quit and eventually leading him into a trap. By Brian Melley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.


BOSTON _ Federal prosecutors said all along that they expect more people to be charged in the sweeping college admissions scandal. Their secret weapon? The cooperation of some parents and coaches who have already agreed to plead guilty, observers say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 714 words, photos.




SPOKANE, Wash. _ Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 374 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s high-speed rail authority is set to deliver annual update on the project. It’s the first formal look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed changes. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: Release expected late afternoon.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ A defense attorney told jurors Wednesday that his client is a family man and artist wrongly charged with a California warehouse fire that killed three dozen people. By Paul Elias. SENT: 560 words, photos.




SAN FRANCISCO _ A San Francisco billionaire is donating $30 million to the University of California, San Francisco, to research root causes of homelessness and potential solutions. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a city native, has embraced homelessness as a philanthropic cause, pumping millions into a 2018 city measure to tax wealthy companies to pay for homeless services. SENT: 275 words, photos.


_ KITE SURFER RESCUED _ The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a kite surfer near Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay — the third such rescue in the area in the past week.

_ DOG KILLS SEAL _ Officials say an unleashed dog attacked and killed a protected seal on a Northern California federal beach where dogs are prohibited.

_ FATAL TESLA CRASH _ The family of a software engineer who died after his Tesla SUV crashed in a Northern California highway has sued the automaker.



WASHINGTON _ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has told Congress that the military needs to return to its traditional missions, and he wants to know how much longer troops will be needed at the U.S.-Mexico border. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ MISSILE TEST _ A fiery streak lit up the California sky as the U.S. Air Force conducted an early morning test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. Photos.

_ LA POLICE SHOOTING _ Los Angeles police say officers shot and killed an armed man who opened fire on them in a late-night encounter.

_ TODDLER KILLED-SENTENCING _ A Southern California woman who tried to cover up the death of her 3-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.

_ SWORD INCIDENT _ Santa Barbara County authorities arrested a man after reports he brandished a samurai sword during an argument outside a McDonald’s in the city of Goleta.

_ SMALL PLANE CRASH _ Authorities say the pilot escaped with minor injuries after a small plane crashed in inland Southern California.


_ TESLA-SEC _ A federal judge has approved an agreement that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk reached with regulators over his tweets.

_ PIPELINE ACCIDENTS _ The head of the U.S. pipeline safety agency says officials intend to finalize long-delayed rules aimed at preventing oil spills and deadly natural gas explosions by the end of the year.



Major television networks are hitting far more lows than highs in tapping into Asian-American talent, according to a study released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition. By Terry Tang. SENT: 598 words, photos.


BURBANK, Calif. _ Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of “The Big Bang Theory,” a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 462 words, photos.


Zac Efron takes on the role of Ted Bundy in the new Netflix film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Efron and co-star Lily Collins discuss their approach. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 679 words, photos.


_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-BETTING FOR DUMMIES _ Picking a horse to win the Kentucky Derby is easy. Placing a bet is as close as a cellphone, tablet, computer or even a smart TV with internet access. But for the novice or inexperienced bettor, making a wager that pays off with a profit can be a challenge. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 789 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ After a myriad of programming and executive upheaval since its launch in 2013, Fox Sports 1 has started to show some signs of stability for the past year. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 905 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ It will be a two-man booth for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” as the network announces that Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland will return. By Joe Reedy. SENT 475 words.


BOSTON _ Mitch Moreland homered and drove in another run on a sacrifice fly after a lucky hop off the second base bag moved the runners along and Boston beat Oakland 7-3 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep for the previously struggling World Series champions. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 720 words, photos.


ATLANTA _ Cal Quantrill, the son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill, is expected to make his debut for San Diego when the Padres continue their four-game series against Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:20 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants wrap up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:45 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Marcus Stroman looks to improve his stellar 1.43 ERA when he takes the mound for Toronto against Felix Pena and the Los Angeles Angels, who have won four of five. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ BBN--GIANTS-PROSPECT SUSPENDED _ San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Photos.

_ TEN--ATP-GIMELSTOB RESIGNS _ Justin Gimelstob has announced his resignation from the ATP board of directors, a little more than a week after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend. Photos.


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